Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tiger moms at our local school?

When I attended our local middle school's drama club performance recently, I saw only one or two Asian faces among the actors on stage.  On the other hand, I have always noticed many Asian musicians performing in our school orchestra concerts.  Could it be that tiger mothers are alive and well in our town?

"Tiger Mother" Amy Chua on her parenting approach:
Here are some things my daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:
• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• get any grade less than an A
• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
• play any instrument other than the piano or violin
not play the piano or violin.
Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, WSJ 1/8/11


  1. Our Asian population is mainly Japanese, and I think language is a big part of it - the Japanese kids don't feel confident enough speaking in front of an audience.

  2. I agree that's probably a factor. Although, I think that may be less true in the higher grades.